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Yesterday was probably the worst day we’ve had this summer. We hit 44 degrees – the same as Marble Bar. Now there is something strange about that! Marble Bar is renown for being the hottest place in WA and it’s in the far north. Esperance is on the south coast and right near the sea!…

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Sun Kisses!

As the sun sinks at the end of a warm day he kisses the clouds good night. His rays are much softer than the heat he throws in the middle of the day. In the stillness of the evening, the cows are out for their nightly graze, the magpies singing their evening tune and the…

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Farmer’s Foe

We had some drama in our neighbourhood today! A fire started just to the back of our farm and was on a neighbouring farm – if you’re a regular visitor, you’ve probably seen me write about my friend Gill who is the world’s most amazing cook! This fire photo is what fronted her and her family…

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From sunset to sunrise!

This is what my world looked like at 4.15 this morning! Magic isn’t it? We in WA are lucky not to have daylight saving, but it does mean that our sun gets ups up at horrible hours – it kissed the horizon at 4.35am! Anthony and I were up – it is going to be a…

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Amazing Sunsets

In summer one of the things I love are the amazing sunsets. They can be anything from wild –  like the ones created by thunderstorms – to sublime and just plain beautiful. I must admit, coming from the mid north of SA and after spending a lot of time around the Alice Springs area, I thought…

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Blue Skies for Harvest!

Well, after a week of rumbling and grumbling, lightening and torrential rain, in a few spots, we’re off harvesting again today. We’re down in our far back paddock and this is the view from the chaser bin. I took this one of the hottest days we had this week (about 40 degrees) but you wouldn’t…

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Hearts in our mouths

Thunderstorms are not only impressive but their power is truly breathtaking. They are a reminder to humans: how we can’t control everything, (even though we try) and how much we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. As farmers during summer, we tend to be a bit wary of storms – especially if they don’t bring any rain.…

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Season finishes

Our season has come to an abrupt end. There wasn’t any gradual change in the grass as there can be some years. It went from green to golden in the space of about three days! Now is the time that my love/hate relationship starts with summer. I am not a fan of hot weather –…

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Dust Storms

I think it’s fair to say that we’ve had our fair share of dust storms over the last week! This photo could have been the start of the storms that hit Sydney. Taken in the north of SA (thanks Helen Williams) it shows not only the destructiveness of high winds and dry land, but how…

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Big Sky Land

We do live in a wonderful country and every so often, nature throws something at us, that I hope I can capture well enough in a photo, to help remind me how I felt when you saw it. It was a warm day, the bees were buzzing and the atmosphere was still. I’d been madly…

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Calling in the Big Guns!

This is a huge piece of machinery isn’t it?! It’s a D9 bulldozer and it’s about to dig a great big dam for us. Last year was a terrible year, east of Esperance, season wise. We hadn’t had run off rain for nearly 18 months (that’s rain that will put water into the dams) and…

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Dry Seeding

Well, we’ve started! The seed is in the ground, now all we need in a bit of rain to get it up and going. The blue skies look a bit too summery for my liking, but since this photo was taken a few days ago, we’ve had 10mm! It’s not enough yet, but it’s a…

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Fire in the Sky

If only the wind would go around to the south, I’m sure this massive cloud could drop oodles of rain on us! However, with the wind from the north, it’s unlikely that there will be any rain on our place. The sea is going to get it all!

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It’s a waiting game!

We’re waiting for rain… and waiting… and waiting some more. We’ve actually got to the stage that we might dry seed some of our crops! As much as this cloud looks hopeful – well, its mates did about two hours ago, there’s clear skies in every other direction. Methinks it’s just beautiful they way the…

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Winter has hit!

Well it’s freezing here at the moment! A whopping 9.9 degrees! The wind has been howling and we’ve had rain! 25mm fell in our gauge, although I’m not sure how widespread around the Esperance Shire its been – some of our mates who farm a bit further north than us, only got 5mm, so we’re…

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Beautiful Light

It’s hard to describe the beauty that the country holds in the early morning. This morning’s sunrise on the fog was just amazing. It was still, cool and quiet. The only noise I could hear, other than a few bird calls, were the cattle munching away on the grass – that’s sort of like a…

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Foggy Moods

This is the second fog we’ve had in a couple of weeks. It’s becoming apparent that autumn is well on its way. It’s cooled down in the morning, calm and magic. Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. We’re all eagerly awaiting rain and we start to watch the weather charts a…

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Misty Mornings

There is another old wives tale about mist and rain – I think I’ve shared a couple of sayings already with you – this will be another! If there is a misty morning it’s supposed to rain in ninety days. Now I guess some of you will snort at that, but I’m here to tell…

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Fire Sunset

Thunderstorms in summer can be dangerous things. Especially if they’re dry storms. After a 34 degree day, we watched as thunder clouds bore down on us. Harvest was well underway and we kept scanning the skies, willing the clouds away, least we get another hold up. Then the thunder started — I’ve never heard thunder…

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Idyllic

Well the storm’s passed and we thought rather than wallowing in self pity, the beach was a better option! You wouldn’t even known it has rained today, although there was some nasty damage around the shire. Tonight it’s still, calm and peaceful. We might even be lucky enough to catch a fish!

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